New Signings For The Start Of New Season?

What a fascinating World Cup this is becoming already…with only two of the knockout matches finished, I am REALLY getting quite excited for tomorrows matches which should be even better. Well, perhaps speaking from a biased point of view as it IS ENGLAND playing, so that could be the reason for my quite unnecessary excitement…The Holland vs Portugal match though promises to be an even better encounter and it could go either way. Now you may be wondering, the title of this article is about new Arsenal signings, so you’re probably saying to yourself: “Why is he rabbitting on about the world cup?”…Well its quite simple, every world cup there are players that perform well for a few games, some retain this improvement when they go back and play for their clubs and some get overhyped and then get sold for stupid sums of money straight after…

Perfect example…Not suggesting that Rio Ferdinand is “overhype” as I call it, but perhaps the £30 million or so Manure payed for him straight after his wonderful performances in Japan four years ago was a bit steap as they say, which was a tremendous amount of money to pay for a centre back no matter how good they are…again, perfect example number two… half the Turkish team moved around Europe after showing that they were capable of being footballers and finishing third, but then they didn’t qualify for Euro 2004 and this years World Cup! So it shows things can go either way…I think you get the idea…

Anyway…back to OUR signings…as many of you will know we have been linked with pretty much all the players at the world cup including Sven and Steve Mclaren to play at centre back for the injured Senderos, who by the way, scored that bullet header, then broke his face and got back and tried doing the same thing again…THEN somebody had to put him straight and force him off with his arm in a sling…Swiss people for you AY…

Ok perhaps not all of the players but on a serious level…Since the few weeks before the world cup and throughout it we have been linked with Torres, Klose, Rosicky (who we actually have signed for anyone who isn’t aware) Podolski (but he has already been signed by Bayern Munich), Fran Ribery, Zigic (The tall geeza that looks like a fat Peter Crouch), Curtis Davies, Jaime Gavilan etc etc you get my point…

I will be the first to admit that any player of the quality of a Torres or Klose will, without a doubt, improve our team because they are both world class players. Both world class finishers and world class strikers, who would fit in perfectly alongside Mr Va Va Voom and his gang in a fancy new stadium…BUT…what is proving to be an even better circumstance for the future of our team is the international emergence of some of our outstanding youngsters…who have performed all years round to an impeccable standard but now are showing their worth on the highest international stage.

This seasons main man Cesc Fabregas came on the other day against Tunisia and was absolutely UNSTOPABLE! He has been our most consistent player all year, played more games than anyone in the league this year apart from Lehmann and all that at his tender age of 19…AND THEN TO ADD TO this seasons Champions League “success” in our own right…he now is really proving to the whole world he is truly a class player…capable of coming on and taking the game to the opposition…he zipped the ball around like a pro, kept the tempo up and made some killer passes…truly sensational. A certain Maradona was there to praise him after the game, lets hope he can follow his footsteps…sorry that came out wrong, not become a fat tub of lard who has a drug problem and a bad haircut…I mean one of the great all time players we have witnessed kick a football…anway…

Senderos scored a canon-ball-esque header and had a good solid game to take the Swiss into the next round…to be honest he was a bit shaky against the other teams in the group but overall he has done well. Reyes played and set up Spains only goal of the match with a cross that a left footed David Beckham would have been proud of. Van Persie was brilliant in the second game for the Dutch and again, has proven his worth. All of these youngsters are going to come back from the world cup, mentally stronger, mature and ultimately better players…moments like these in the world cup can make a player into a superstar and coming back to our team for the new season is only going to be beneficial for us. To add to that list, quite unlikely but with the surprises Sven comes out with you never know…Walcott COULD potentially do something to get himself noticed if he ever gets a chance to come on, but either way this experience will be beneficial to him and he and the others like him will come back JUST LIKE NEW SIGNINGS.

Fair enough, get excited and drool over 25 foot wonder strikes from our latest Czech acquisition, but DON’T FORGET that what we had here last season was truly something special and magical in a way that is quite hard to explain. YES we had a poor domestic season, but the second half was quite brilliant and our champions league run was phenomenal…Be proud to be a gooner at times like this where our kids are running rings around world class players at the world cup…new singings of Klose or Torres will be fantastic for sure, but a more mature and experienced Cesc Fabregas…Reyes, Van Persie, Senderos, Adebayour is even more benificial…these are the players that count as new and improved signings because they are already settled in and have a much better chance of making an impact for the next 10 years of their careers at the greatest club in England.

The world cup has now officially arrived at the Zaidi household (that’s my surname for anybody who didn’t know)…Today we had a huge barbeque in the blazing sun, watched the football and spent time with family who have travelled across the world to be here with us, quite a fantastic day I might add, lets hope its like that tomorrow with an England win…Walcott off the bench to get a hat-trick!? Not likely but we can keep anticipating…

Prediction for England?…DONT like to tempt fate…But my honest opinion is that it will be closer than what people may think, BUT im backing my team through this one to meet a jubilant Portuguese team in the quarter finals perhaps…hard one to call, but perhaps if Robben and Robin perform, it could be a close one. Look forward to it, hope you do too…more on the world cup soon…